The '''American Antiquarian Society''' ('''AAS'''), located in Worcester, Massachusetts
, is both a learned society
and national research library of pre-twentieth century American history
and culture. Founded in 1812, it is the oldest historical society in the United States with a national focus.
[Gura, Philip F. ''The American Antiquarian Society, 1812–2012: A Bicentennial History'' (Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 2012) p. x]
Its main building, known as Antiquarian Hall, is a U.S. National Historic Landmark
in recognition of this legacy.
The mission of the AAS is to collect, preserve and make available for study all printed records of what is now known as the United States of America. This includes materials from the first European settlement through the year 1876.
The AAS offers programs for...